Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

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ISBN 978-1-880684-70-2
Publication Date
April 2000
Page Count
72 pages
Trim Size
5.4 x 8.5

Blues for Unemployed Secret Police

Poems by Doug Anderson
Doug Anderson

Doug Anderson's "Blues For Unemployed Secret Police" dramatically reflects his experience of growing up in the sixties, serving as a field medical corpsman in Viet Nam, and confronting the modern era where "a good torturer can always find a job". With passion, humor, and strikingly original images, these poems illuminate everything from bad politics to love gone wrong.
About the Author

Doug Anderson is an American poet, fiction author, and memoirist. He has written three collections of poetry: Bamboo Bridge, The Moon Reflected Fire, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police. His play, Short Times, was produced at New York's The Theater for The New City in 1981. In addition, he has written film scripts, fiction, and criticism; his most recent work is a memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery. He has taught at the University of Connecticut at Hartford, Pacific University, and is currently a lecturer at Emerson College in Boston. His work has appeared in PloughsharesThe Connecticut Review, The Massachusetts Review, Virginia Quarterly, The Southern Review, Field, and The Autumn House Anthology of American Poetry, among other publications. 

"Anderson infuses his poetry with social consequences and a concern for those lives...touched by injustice or violence." —MultiCultural Review

"Anderson's poetry is passionate, humorous, original." —Midwest Book Review

"Simply magnificent. A miracle of language." —Demetria Martínez